|127 triathlons this year, 52 weekends in a year, 2.5 triathlons per weekend.|
I’ve been moderately consistent with my training all winter and spring: Swim, bike and run 1-3 times per week, with supplemental training as I can fit it in. And, this is all without a goal or event to work toward. (Besides generally getting better, of course.)
So… now what?
True to the name of this blog, everything is mediocre right now – swim, bike and run – so I probably shouldn’t be thinking of anything longer than a sprint, Olympic max. I put out a call to our local triathlete Facebook group asking for race suggestions, and got a ton. Just from those suggestions, I could race every weekend (at least once!) from June through September. Finding a race to do isn’t the problem.
The question is: Do I do a bunch of sprint and Olympic races and try to have fun? Do I try to build my speed in all three sports and actually race? Do I build my bike and run training again to take another shot at the 70.3 distance? Do I take the summer off, eat ice cream every day, and put on a bunch of weight? The possibilities are endless!
Skipping my usual race lineup may actually end up being a good thing. I’ve gotten into a groove these last couple of years, doing the same races over and over again, trying to improve my time. Maybe this will inspire me to do races I might not have tried otherwise. I may end up finding a new favorite.
When it comes down to it, I think I do need at least a few races on the calendar. I’ve always been a pretty internally motivated person, so I don’t necessarily need a goal race to get me to train. But, it would be nice to have something to show for these last few months’ worth of hard work, even if it is a 50-cent medal.
Do you do the same races every year, or do you try to shake it up? I thrive on doing the same, usually boring routines every day, week, month and year.